Small steps you can take around the house to reduce your carbon footprint

Small steps you can take around the house to reduce your carbon footprint

It’s hard to escape the headlines on the news about climate change, so all of us want to do our bit for the environment; when the problem seems so massive though, it’s hard to know where to start!

So what can we do to help?

The average person in the UK has a carbon footprint of five tonnes of CO2 per year, so there’s plenty of room for improvement from most of us! We can all take lots of small steps that will add up and make a huge difference over time. Here are our tips for easy changes around the house that can have a big impact:

• Unplug devices when they’re not being used — Even if the power’s off, plugged in devices still drain power; according to the Huffington Post, in the USA this drains up to $19 BILLION in electricity each year!

• Line dry your clothes instead of using a tumble dryer — Maybe the most energy hungry of all domestic appliances, cutting back on use of a tumble dryer can save lots of energy and money!

• Grow your own veg and eat local produce — Growing your own and eating local goods cuts down on ‘food miles’, reducing the carbon created by shipping food from elsewhere.

• Plant more plants in the garden — more plants (including your new veggies) = more CO2 being absorbed; plus they look lovely in the garden!

• Turn off lights when you leave the room — When you get into the habit over time, it can have big results; the Energy Saving Trust has said that the UK wastes £170 MILLION a year by leaving lights on unnecessarily.

• Check how your house is insulated — If you could improve your insulation, it can lower how much energy you use on heating!

Get a CombiSave device fitted in your home

Our last bit of advice is our best; our Combisave fit and forget’ combi-boiler device can help you reduce the amount of water and gas used in the initial heating process. It doesn’t just reduce your CO2 emissions; it can save you up to £250 a year!

How does it work?

Installed on to your existing pipework close to the combi-boiler in just minutes, it restricts the flow of water until it has reached the required heat, potentially saving 28,000 litres of water each year and plenty of gas. It’s a great step towards being more environmentally friendly.

Small steps like installing a CombiSave all add up to everyone’s efforts to help the environment, with the added bonus of creating long-term savings. If you want to start saving water, gas, time and money, find out more about the CombiSave here:

Update – 31st March 2020.

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